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This post details steps to install SCCM client agents on workgroup computers. There are many ways to install SCCM client agent on a domain joined computer. In fact we are aware of these installation methods and we choose to use the easiest one out of it. But what about client agent installation on non-domain or workgroup computers ?. This post should help if you are looking to install client on workgroup machines.
Before you install SCCM client agent on workgroup computer, you must know the following things.
- The workgroup system should be able to resolve the FQDN of management point.
- During client installation, logged-on user must have local administrator rights on the workgroup computer.
- Configure network access account prior to installing client agent.
- Adding entries of distribution point and management point in hosts file of workgroup computer should help.
- Most of all Client push installation is not possible.
- Ensure ports requirements are met using this guide.
Install SCCM Client Agents on Workgroup Computers
Let’s look at the steps for installing SCCM client agents on workgroup computers. In my lab setup I have got a SCCM version 1706 installed. I have got a virtual machine running Windows 7 Professional edition. This machine is in workgroup and can ping to the domain controller. On the workgroup computer I have got the client agent install files.
On the workgroup machine, launch the command prompt as administrator. Set the folder path to where the client installation files are present. Next type the below command and hit enter to begin the client installation.
ccmsetup.exe /mp:<Management Point FQDN> SMSSITECODE=PPP SMSMP=<Management Point FQDN> DNSSUFFIX=<domain suffix>
ccmsetup.exe /mp:CORPSCCM.PRAJWAL.LOCAL SMSSITECODE=IND SMSMP=CORPSCCM.PRAJWAL.LOCAL DNSSUFFIX=PRAJWAL.LOCAL
For more command line options, use this guide.
On the workgroup computer monitor ClientLocation.log, LocationServices.log and ccmsetup.log files.
Under configuration manager properties, check for the assigned management point. If the management point entry shows blank then probably the computer cannot resolve MP FQDN. Under Actions tab, you may find just 2 action cycles initially. However wait for few more minutes to see all the cycles displayed.
By default the client approval method is set to automatically approve computers in trusted domain. Therefore one has to approve workgroup computer manually. You will find this info under Hierarchy settings > Client approval and conflicting records tab.
Once the client agent is installed launch the configuration manager console. Under Devices you will find the workgroup computer. Notice that the device shows Not Approved. Right click the device and click Approve.
On the confirmation box click Yes.
We have successfully installed client agent on workgroup computer.